On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency

On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency

by Emily R. Transue
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On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue

On Call begins with a newly-minted doctor checking in for her first day of residency--wearing the long white coat of an MD and being called "Doctor" for the first time. Having studied at Yale and Dartmouth, Dr. Emily Transue arrives in Seattle to start her internship in Internal Medicine just after graduating from medical school. This series of loosely interconnected scenes from the author's medical training concludes her residency three years later.

During her first week as a student on the medical wards, Dr. Transue watched someone come into the emergency room in cardiac arrest and die. Nothing like this had ever happened to her before-it was a long way from books and labs. So she began to record her experiences as she gained confidence putting her book knowledge to work.

The stories focus on the patients Dr. Transue encountered in the hospital, ER and clinic; some are funny and others tragic. They range in scope from brief interactions in the clinic to prolonged relationships during hospitalization. There is a man newly diagnosed with lung cancer who is lyrical about his life on a sunny island far away, and a woman, just released from a breathing machine after nearly dying, who sits up and demands a cup of coffee.

Though the book has a great deal of medical content, the focus is more on the stories of the patients' lives and illnesses and the relationships that developed between the patients and the author, and the way both parties grew in the course of these experiences.

Along the way, the book describes the life of a resident physician and reflects on the way the medical system treats both its patients and doctors. On Call provides a window into the experience of patients at critical junctures in life and into the author's own experience as a new member of the medical profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429937795
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/14/2005
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 248,176
File size: 319 KB

About the Author

Emily R. Transue, M.D. is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She attended Yale University, where she received her B.S. in 1992 with distinction in Biology. As an undergraduate, she co-organized the D.E.M.O.S. program for science teaching in elementary schools, which received several state and national teaching awards and was featured on "Good Morning, America." She received her M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School in 1996, and was the 1996 recipient of the Pharnmacia and Upjohn Achievement Award for distinction in Internal Medicine. She did her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and was then awarded a Chief Residency position, which she completed in July of 2000. She works as a general internist at a multispecialty clinic in downtown Seattle.

Emily R. Transue, MD, author of On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency and Patient by Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing from a Doctor's Practice, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Yale College and Dartmouth Medical School.  She did her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She works as a general internist at a multispecialty group in Seattle, and is a clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  She received the Providence-Seattle Medical Center Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  She has also published stories and poems in JAMA, Dartmouth Medicine, and elsewhere.

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On Call 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up Dr. Transue's book as my husband 'we are newly weds' is in his first year of residency. I wanted to find a way to understand what he is experiencing and be empathetic to him instead of being resentful about the days and nights he spends on call and the time at home he spends fatigued, studying and sleeping. He doesn't go into much detail about his day to day experience as I think he really wants a place that's free from the heavy weight of work. So, I looked to Dr. Transue's book to provide me with some insight about what he is facing. I get it now. This book offers vivid stories about patients and a doctor's emotional, physical and mental trials during residency. We learn about a resident's fears and their victories. I was sooo sad when the book came to a close. This is a great book for anyone as it is truly entertaining. I love that is has a glossary of medical terms in the back as well! Great read. Thank you Dr. Transue for writing about your experience.
KyleTheWolfEmery More than 1 year ago
I picked this book for a project in my English class that I had to read and I was not disappointed. I was expecting a dull book, but this book was very engaging and pulls you into it by making you feel how she felt instead of telling you. Through her story you where sympathizing for her and feeling upset and saddened when the patients in the book died.  It starts out as her becoming a doctor right after school thinking she is ready. Then she finds out that she wasn’t as ready as she once thought. Becoming overwhelmed with everything she is in charge of. Through the book she is overcoming obstacles and figuring out how to balance out being a doctor and being a person. She becomes a stronger more confident person overall. I have always wanted to be a doctor when I was growing up; I think that’s why I was very interested. I would think anyone who likes doctors, wants to be a doctor or has a close friend or family member should read this book. It gives you a good perspective on what’s going on in the hospital and what they go through every day. The only people I think who shouldn’t read this book are patients them selves. Because it tells about surgeries going wrong, patients dying, after all seems well, everything going wrong again. But on the other hand it does tell of patients going through miracles and surviving. But I feel like patients would panic and worry thinking the worst may happen to them. If these book where to be made into a movie, I would defiantly watch it. Between all the dramatic parts and the heart-warming parts, this movie wouldn’t start out strong, because I feel like the book isn’t very well known. But the word would spread and be a popular movie. Giving you the perspective of the doctor instead of the patient for once. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book absolutely inspiring. A great read and remarkably truthful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Transue is a depleting breed of physicians that exhibit human compassion on a day to day bases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved "seeing" and "feeling" from the professionals point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The maturation of a green intern as she blossoms into a real doctor. Reading her struggled and frustrations as well as the grinding pace of intern life gives a real appreciation for the medical folks we took often thanks for granted. Written in easily digested snapshots, each one with its own way of grabbing you. Wanted more!
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Very insightful and engaging. As a young person looking into the medical field this memoir was extremely helpful. Beautifully written.
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